Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | August 16-August 22

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Admission to the Mint Museum is free during the final round of the Battle Walls Championship.

Friday

Help judge the final round of the Battle Walls Championship mural competition at the Mint Museum Randolph. Come watch the live mural painting competition between the four finalists Matt Moore (@puckmcgruff), Brett Toukatly (@b_twokat), Shane Pierce (@abstractdissent), and Darion Flemming (@da.flemingo) and cast your vote to help determine the champion. Also, enjoy free admission to both Mint Museum locations starting at 2 p.m. through the weekend to celebrate Battle Walls and Pride weekend. 2-8 p.m. 2730 Randolph Rd. Free.

Photo by Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

Watch the first Carolina Panthers home preseason game as the team takes on the Buffalo Bills. 800 S. Mint St. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20.

Explore your creativity at the Science on the Rocks: Art Deconstructed event at Discovery Place Science. Wander through the museum at this 21+ only after-hours event and try a variety of arts and crafts activities, such as spin art, finger weaving and paint by numbers. Contribute to a mural with help from an art conservator and learn the basics of yoga with NoDa Yoga. 5-9 p.m. 301 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $12 in advance or $14 at the door. 

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Cast members of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s outdoor production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Relax after work with some Shakespeare in the park. The Actor’s Theater of Charlotte is providing free performances of a Midsummer Night’s Dream at Queens University every day Tuesday- Saturday until August 24. Bring a blanket, picnic, beer and wine to complete your outdoor theater experience. 8:15 p.m. 1900 Selwyn Ave.  Free admission.

Saturday

Kick off your weekend with the OrthoCarolina 10k Classic -Food Truck and Beer Fest. Run a 10k or 5k, or walk the “Rookie” 5k, and then enjoy a food truck rodeo and free beer samples from local breweries for those 21 and up. 7:30 a.m. 2001 Randolph Rd. $35-45. 

Photo by Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer
Live music and entertainers amplify Pride Week each year.

Celebrate the diversity of our city’s culture at the Charlotte Pride Festival.  This year’s event features two stages with a variety of poetry, dance, drag, film, live musical performances and more from 1-6 p.m. Between and after performances, check out the neighborhood market featuring local goods, grab a snack at the food court or belt out your favorite tunes on the karaoke stage. noon to 10 p.m. 130 S. Tryon St. Free.

[Related: Your guide to Charlotte Pride: What to wear, eat, drink and do]

Discover up and coming filmmakers at the Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project premiere screenings. More than 500 local artists worked together to make these 30 seven-minute films in a 48-hour window as part of an international competition to win a spot at the Cannes Film Festival. Screenings start at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Knight Gallery on Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. 

Sunday

Support your friends and neighbors at the seventh annual Charlotte Pride Parade. The route starts at 9th and Tryon streets and wraps around to Trade and College streets. Get there early to get a good spot to watch the colorful floats and performers go by. 1-3p.m. N. Tryon St. Free. 

Join Chef George Collier and 15 other chefs of regional renown for dinner at a Community Feast at Camp North End. The meal will include three proteins, three starches, four vegetable sides, three breads and three desserts with a cash bar on site. All proceeds will benefit Heal Charlotte. 6:30-9 p.m. 1824 Statesville Ave. Tickets start at $20. 

See one of the closing performances of CATS, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sensational musical at the Belk Theatre. The Blumenthal is offering a last-minute special, where a select number of tickets will be available for $25 two hours before the show. Shows are at 1:30 p.m and 7 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets range from $25-94.50. 

Monday

Start off the week with a leisurely sunset kayaking expedition on Lake Haigler in Fort Mill. A guide will lead guests on a family-friendly exploration of the lake during the sunset. 7:15- 9:15 p.m. 2575 Lake Haigler Dr., Fort Mill. Cost is $20 for a single kayak or $25 for a tandem kayak.

Tuesday

Hear Grammy-award winner Gary Clark Jr. live in concert at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Clark Jr.’s signature blend of blues, rock and soul. Every ticket purchased online for this show includes the digital copy of his latest album, This Land. 8 p.m.1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Tickets start at $29.50.  

Get some exercise, enjoy a cold beer and learn about the greenways with Blue Blaze Brewing’s Bike-N-Brew night. Enjoy a leisurely 3-mile bike ride along the Irwin and Stewart Creek Greenways, led by representatives from the Catawba Land Conservancy, then mingle at the brewery afterward for a beverage. Register ahead of time to reserve a free bike or helmet for the ride. 6 p.m. 528 S. Turner Ave. Free. 

Wednesday 

Courtesy of $han Wallace

Explore the photography of $han Wallace, this year’s 2019 artist-in-residence at Roll Up CLT, through this collaborative event with the Millennial Art Program. Enjoy refreshments from Wooden Robot and QC Catering, networking and a short film about Wallace’s work at the Elder Gallery, then stroll down the rail trail to Hodges Taylor for a pop-up exhibition and artist talk. 6-8:30 p.m. 1520 S. Tryon St. Free. 

Thursday

Courtesy of Three Bone Theatre
Pipeline tells the story of an inner-city public high school teacher desperate to give her only son, Omari, opportunities beyond what her students have.

Catch the opening night of Three Bone Theatre’s Pipeline, a Edgerton Foundation New Play Award winning play, at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. Get lost in the story of an inner city single mother trying to help her only son escape a future in the “school-to-prison pipeline” in this thought-provoking play exploring themes of social equity and race. 8 p.m. 345 N. College St. Tickets are $22 in person or $28 at the door. 

Experience the vibrant paintings of by Asheville artist Lynnette Driver at a pop-up show at South End Exchange. Wine and snacks will be provided. 5-8 p.m. 111 New Bern St.  Free.

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